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Despite being one of the best
known dance organisations in the
Caribbean, with international col-
laborations, a record number of
students accepted into top dance
schools and dance companies
across the globe, and 18+ years
of successful dance seasons, the
Metamorphosis Dance Co has yet
to attract a long-term investor.
"The theatre side of the local
creative industry is still very much
a barter system," explained Nancy
Herrera, the company's artistic
"Some captains of industry get
it and have been very supportive.
Over the years, many have given
a little, but dance is a hard sell.
"It's hard for them to understand
how to invest in it... it's very
ephemeral. Unless you film it, it's
over. Dance only lives in the
moment of performance. You can't
"It's so easy as a sportsman, for
me to wear your logo on my chest,
but as a dancer, I can't be branded
Herrera said the company has
been working on some creative
ways of making their brand even
more attractive for investment.
The company has also recently
begun the process of establishing
the Metamorphosis Dance Foun-
dation. She thanked founding
directors Bobby Campbell, Ria
Morgan, Susan Shurland and Ger-
ard Williams for their generosity
over the years.
Metamorphosis' 20th anniver-
sary and dance season is themed
"This is the first kindling of the
20th anniversary fire," Herrera said.
"Our anniversary committee is
already in place and we are in the
process of choosing the defining
pieces of choreography over the
years and working out how we
plan to reproduce them."
Possibilities for the Perception
anniversary production include an
invitation to past company mem-
bers from original casts to return,
along with a musical collaboration
with world renowned and award-
winning T&T jazz trumpeter Eti-
"Etienne is no stranger to the
company. He first played the trum-
pet for Metamorphosis at our 2000
Season, Dance Spirit, in the St
James Amphitheatre, accompany-
ing his sister Abby, a soloist of
Metamorphosis at the time."
The music from Charles' album
Creole Soul inspired Bridgette Wil-
son, Metamorphosis' resident cho-
reographer, to create the first half
costumes. The second half cos-
tumes are being designed by visual
artist Simone Phillips.
"We are also revisiting original
costumes, some of them designed
by local greats like Carlisle Chang.
We have a lot of beautiful archives,"
Perception will also include the
celebration of long-time Meta-
morphosis photographer, the late
"It was his photography that
really set us apart. He captured all
of the iconic Metamorphosis
moments in dance and made us
look like exactly who we were.
When you look at these pictures,
you realise that it was his eye that
made us what we are today."
Twenty dancers now perform
with the company, proficient in
classical, ballet, modern, Afro-
Caribbean folk dance, jazz and tap.
The majority of the repertoire is
modern and contemporary. Over
the years, the company has worked
with and produced an impressive
line-up of dancers, some of whom
are the bright stars of reputable
dance companies all over the world
and some of whom are now mak-
ing their first leaps into the inter-
national dance world.
With this impressive record of
success, perhaps the 2014 season
will be an opportunity for the
Metamorphosis Dance Co to
change the perception of dance
among investors in corporate T&T.
On the worst Sunday for film choice
since BC on TV began (in September
2012), there was only one other serious
contender today, a documentary that
shows Tsar Vlad I of the New Gangster
Russia treats all protesters like Ukrainians
(Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer, 3.55 pm
Max). The week fares far better with
several films that could have toppled the first two of today's three picks,
including BC on TV's all time favourite horror (The Shining, 11.45 pm Tuesday
and 5 pm Thursday Max), all-time favourite Guy Ritchie flick (Snatch, 10 pm
tomorrow MaxW), a strong, historically accurate bio of an Irish Republican
hero (Michael Collins, 10 pm Wednesday TCM), one of the best American
films made so far about mental illness (Take Shelter, 9 pm Tuesday, HBO)
and a contender for the Best Documentary Ever Made that will make your
blood boil (Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God BEST FILM OF
THE WEEK 4 pm Friday HBOC).
TODAY'S BEST FILM:
Gandhi (Richard Attenborough/1982/UK-India/Biography-Drama/191
mins/PG), 10 pm Turner Classic Movies. Watch this if you liked A Passage
to India, The Last Emperor or Chariots of Fire. The film that made the rest
of the world take notice of England's Ben Kingsley, Gandhi has been criticised
for giving the leading figure of modern Indian history a very European per-
spective but it remains remarkably good nearly 30 years on. To be taken with
a pinch of salt, certainly, and perhaps another of homespun.
REST OF THE WEEK:
Ransom (Ron Howard/1966/USA/Thriller/121 mins/Rated R for graphic,
bloody violence and strong language), 10 pm Monday, again 6.40 pm Tuesday
Turner Classic Movies. Watch this if you liked Gone Baby Gone, Disclosure
or House of Games. The real wonder of this superior, richly scripted and
immaculately paced thriller is that it was done by Ron "Happy Days" Howard,
one of the most sentimental filmmakers in Hollywood. Drawn from an obscure
Glenn Ford 1955 flick, but with a tightly written modernised screenplay
playing perfectly to Mel Gibson's few acting strengths, this deserved to be
better received, commercially, than it was on the big screen. Thoroughly
watchable and with a twist guaranteed to delight everyone in kidnap-happy
Trinidad, this is one of the best surprises cable will spring on you this year.
Unforgiven (Clint Eastwood/1992/USA/Western/131 mins/R for language,
violence and a scene of sexuality) 8 pm Friday Enc3. Watch this if you liked
3.10 to Yuma, The Wild Bunch or The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada.
Clint Eastwood's best film and a contender for Best Western Ever Made,
Unforgiven is as unglamorous as it is authentic. The story of a flawed man
trying to make good in difficult times remains as valid today as it did at the
time of Jesse James or Jesus Christ. Hard but deeply satisfying. People don't
die spectacularly when shot in this film: they scream for hours before going
silent, as the thoughtful viewer will. Probably Clint Eastwood's best directorial
effort and certainly one of the great American films.
BEST OF THE REST:
Mon: *25th Hour, 7.30 pm Max; Tues: Everything Is Illuminated, 5.15 pm
MaxW; Wed: *The Hunger Games, 5.30 pm HBOC; Thurs: Disclosure, 10
pm TCM; Fri: Out of Africa, 5.35 pm TCM; Sat: I Wish, 7.40 am Max.
*Starred films have been chosen in the last three months. Scheduled
Internet times often vary on the day, particularly around month-end.
A Trifecta of the Week's Best Films on the Box
Pussy Riot today
A scene from Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer.
Perception runs from May 1-
3 at Queen's Hall, St Ann's. All
shows begin at 6.30 pm except
for May 2, which begins at 7.30
pm. Tickets are available at
Caribbean School of Dancing,
2a Dere Street, Port-of-Spain,
Monday--Friday, from 8.30
am--6 pm, and at Queen's Hall
box office the week of the
the perception of dance
Dream Diptych, choreographed by Claudia Applewhaite, soloist Shari Rhyner. An iconic image of
Metamorphosis in performance, by the late Jeffrey Chock. PHOTO COURTESY METAMORPHOSIS DANCE CO
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